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At Hugh Christie School, we know completing home learning is essential to long-term academic success. It allows our pupils to extend their learning and to reinforce what has been learnt in class.

If pupils are absent from school, it is still their responsibility to still complete the home learning tasks and to catch up when they are better. Please click here to view the Homework Timetable for Semester 1 in 2023.

Years 7 to 9

Every day, pupils are expected to study a minimum of one hour and a maximum of 90 minutes. Home learning will be made up of four elements:

  • Reading for pleasure

  • Teacher set tasks

  • Independent learning

  • Revisiting

Reading for pleasure every day for at least 15 minutes

Like anything else, reading is a skill that becomes better with practice. The objective of Reading for Pleasure is to increase your child’s sense of achievement, confidence and develop their vocabulary – but most of all, for pupils to learn to enjoy reading. We encourage pupils to challenge themselves with their choice of reading material.


Pupils should try to read a range of fiction across genres with increasing levels of difficulty. Regularly Reading for Pleasure will have enormous benefits across a pupil’s subject areas and is heavily linked to success in later life.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will be encouraged to develop their reading. By Year 9, we expect pupils to be independently choosing their own books from The Howard Library or from another source.

Teacher set tasks

Teacher-set homework tasks should be:

  • Relevant to the current lessons OR

  • Revisiting previous knowledge, skills and vocabulary AND

  • Realistic for most pupils to be able to complete in between 20 and 30 minutes

These tasks will be set as per the Teacher Set Homework Timetable.

They will be assigned using Class Charts so pupils and parents can see exactly what work is expected to be done and the deadline for its submission.

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